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Nurse tops Army6 training course A registered nurse who opted to join the noble profession of arms instead of seeking greener pasture abroad topped this year's Army training course for candidate soldiers in Western Visayas. Male nurse tops Army course From caregiver to warrior. Marc Henri Fermin, a registered nurse from Barangay Look in Calatrava, Negros Occidental, completed the Army's Candidate Soldier Course onThursday at the head of the 96-member class 291-2011. New Army exec Col Ricardo Visaya, a member of the Philippine Military Academy Class of 1983, was installed as the new commander of the Army's 901 st Brigade, replacing Col Arthur Ang, in turnover rites at the brigade camp Barangay Villahermosa in Oaraga town on Wednesday. PA holds badminton for-a-cause The Philippina Army and MaxForce Shuttlers will hold today a friendly badminton playoff at the Philippine Army Wenness Center in Fort Bonifacio, Taguig City. BCDA turns over condo units to AFP (Photo)

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AFP RELATED ISSUES
6 US supports Phi in West Sea dispute; Clinton tells Pinoy wars vets United States Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton assured World War II Filipino Veteran Celestino Almeda last Wednesday in Washinton the "we have a team in manila working" to help the Philippines over Chinese intrusions into the West Philippine Sea (South China Sea) US report: Corruption remains a problem for PNP The Country Reports on Human Rights Practices for 2011 released yesterday by the State Department and transmitted to the US Congress assessed each country's situation against universal human rights standards, during each calendar year, and each report stands on its own. ROTC alumni group vows to fight destabilization plots vs Aquino In an unexpected move, officials of the National ROTC Alumni Association Inc. (Naara) yesterday assured President Aquino of their support against attempts to destabilize his administration. 3 Japanese Naval Ships set 5-day goodwill visit As the country's territorial dispute with China over the Scarborough Shoal in the West Philippine Sea entered kits seventh week, Japan is set to send three of its naval ships on a five-day goodwill visit to Manila. Japanese warships arriving in Phi for 4-day port call Japan is sending three naval training ships for a four-day port call to manila next week after Japanese officials reportedly offered to provide

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the Philippines with 10 new patrol vessels to bolster the country's capability to defend our territorial waters. PAF Mission In line with the Philippine Air Force (PAF) upcoming Founding anniversary celebrations, a medical and dental mission will be conducted at the Sapa Tres covered court in Rosario, Cavite, on May 26, in partnership with the Philippine navy, the Cavite Governor's office and the Mayor's office of Rosario. Nagsagawa ng kilos protesta ang grupong Karapatan at Hustisya upang humingi ng hustisya sa unang biktima ng extrajudicial killing sa ilalim ng administrasyon Aquino sa Camp Aguinaldo, Quezon City kahapon. (photo)

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PAF fielding track aces The Philippine Air Force is fielding strong athletics team in the ongoing Philippine National Games track and field championship in Oumaguete City. POI p. A-19

ONLINE NE.WS
Pulis pinatay ng mga NPA sa Misamis Oriental Patuloy na inaalam ni S/Supt Graciano Mejares ng Misamis Oriental Provincial Police Office kung kagagawan ba ng mga rebeldeng New People's Army (NPA) ang pagpatay ng isang pulis sa Brgy Umagos, Lagonglong, Misamis Oriental kahapon ng hapon. Brand new helicopter ng PAF, tutulong na rin re: Bataan plane crash Kung tumigil na ang Philippine Coast Guard (PCG), hindi naman susuko ang militar sa search and retrieval operation para sa dalawang nawawalang piloto ng Philippine Air Force (PAF) at ang kinalulunan nilang trainer plane na bumagsak sa Bataan. Bombo Radyo

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Blast hits provincial prosecutor in Zamboanga A bomb exploded inside the compound of a provincial prosecutor's house Thursday night in lpil town, Zamboanga Sibugay province. Senior Superintendent Ruben Cariaga, Zamboanga Sibugay provincial police director, said the latest explosion hit the residential compound of Jeric Salarde Cagaoan, provincial prosecutor of Zamboanga Sibugay. Registetered nurse opts to join Army A registered nurse who opted to join the noble profession of arms, instead of seeking greener pastures abroad, topped this year's Army training course for candidate soldiers in Western Visayas.

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Nurse tops Army ,training course
A registered nurse who opted to join the noble profession of arms instead of seeking greener pasture abroad topped. this year's Army training course for candidate soldiers in Western Visayas. Now on active military duty with the rank of private, registered nurse Marc Hemi Fermin was among the 96 latest graduates of the 3rd Army Infantry Divisian Jungle Warfare Mountain Operation Course QWMOC), F9r topping the six-month Army's JWMOC in academic and non-academics, Fermin of Barangay Look, Calatrava, Negros Occidental, was also awarded the division commander's medal by Maj. Gen. Jose Mabanta, 3rd Infantry Division commander, 'during their recent graduation at the division headquarters at Camp Peralta in [amindan, Capiz, . "As the Army continues to actively participate in nation building, let us focus on our primary objective as the protector of the people and the state. We should continue to improve on our capabilities to best address the challenges that come across our peace building efforts," Mabanta told newly enlisted soldiers. He also reminded the soldiers who would be deployed for development and security duties to be people-centered and always ensure adherence to human rights, international humanitarian law, and rule of law in all their undertakings as a soldier.

Being a registered nurse, Fermin has several opportunities to join millions of overseas Filipino workers but opted to stay to join the Army, 3rd Infantry Division spokesman Maj. Enrico Gil Ileto said. . Other newly enlisted soldiers who' finished the rigorous six-month cross training jungle warfare mounting op~ eration course are criminology graduate Benjie Artuz 'of Capiz, awarded with the division's chief of staff award; Kenneth Edmun Hilongos of Purok Datu Kaka, Cotabato City, a computer science graduate awarded with the division commandant's medal; andJohnry Bryan Villafuerte ofBa.rangay Managupaya, Banate, Iloilo who received the Physical Proficiency Award for obtaining the highest rating in physical . fitness test throughout the training. - Jaime Laude

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Male nurse tops Army course
By Dona Z. Pazzibugan
FROM cAR.EGNER to warrior. Marc Henri Fermin, a registered nurse from Barangay Look in Calatrava, Negros Occidental, completed the Army's Candidate Soldier Course on Thursday at the head of the 96-member Class 291-2011. The second- and third-placers were criminology and computer science graduates, The new soldiers also cross-trained in jungle warfare in Camp Macario Peralta Jr., headquarters of the Army's 3rd Infantry Division in Jamindan, Capiz. Their graduation showed that the military is making headway in attracting professionals from other fields. In fact, the Army said, more professionals are now joining the military due to its effort to recruit and retrain ''the best and the brightest." Fermin topped his class with a 'general average of 90.26 percent in all evaluated subjects, academic and nonacademic. His class trained from Dec. 2, 2011, to May 16. Fermin received the Commander Award from Maj. Gen. Jose Mabanta Jr., 3ID commanding general, during the dosing ceremony on Thursday. Benjie Artuz of Barangay Agdahon in cuartero, Capiz, graduated No.2. He is a criminology graduate and has passed the board. ' The third placer was Kenneth Edmun Hilongos, from Purok Datu Kaka, Cotabato City. He is a computer science graduate. Johnry Bryan Villafuerte, from Barangay Managupaya in Banate, Iloilo, received the Physical Proficiency Award for getting the highest rating in the physical fitness aspect of the training. .

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COL. RICARDO Visaya, a member of the Phfllpplne Military Academy Class of 1983, was Installed as the new commander of the Army's 901 st Brigade, replaCing Col. ArthUr Ang, In turnover rites at the brigade camp in BarangayVlllahermosa in Daraga town on Wednesday. , Vlsaya said the military would step up Its operations in Albay and Catanduanes to achieve the gov- ' ernment's peace and development' efforts to end the four-decade war : against Insurgency. MsrS.ArtlUBIIss, .' Inqu/rs, Soulhsrn LUZon

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THE Philippine Army and MaxForce Shuttlers will hold today a friendIy badminton playoff at the PhiHppine Army Wellness Center in Fort Bonifacio, Taguig City.. The open games dubbed "Game for a Cause" aims to strengthen the collaboration be-: tween officers of the PhilippineArmy and badminton enthusiasts from Makati City who compriseMaxFor~eShuttlers.

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B.C.D.A. TURNS OVER CONDO UNITS TO AFP - Bases Conversion and DEwelopment Authority (BCDA) President and Chief Executive Officer Arnel Paciano D. Casanova (second from left) presents a symbolic· key to Secretary of National Defense Voltaire T. Gazmin at the recent turnover ceremonies of 32 newly. completed condominium-type units intended for the active military soldiers and their families. Looking. on are BCDA Executive Vice President Aileen An. R. Zosa and Army Chief Lt. Gen. Emmanuel Bautista. The ~ newly turned over 32 condo units are part of the 192 condo-type units earmarked for the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP). The remaining condo units are nearing completion and may be turned over to the intended active soldiers within the year. The replication program, estimated at about 1"'700-million, involved the construction of 12 five-storey condominiums within the AFP's retention areas.

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US S~ppOrts Phi in West Sea dispute, ~'Clinton, ells Pinoywar vets t
CHICAGO - United States Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton assured Filipino World War IIveteran Celestino Almeda last Wednesday in Washington that "we have a team in Manila working" to help the Philippines over Chinese intrusions into the WestPhilippine Sea (SouthChina Sea). Almeda was able to solicit support for the Philippines from Secretary Clinton after she testified before the Senate Foreign Relations Committee hearing for the US ratification of the United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea (UNCLOS). An email from Eric Lachica of the American Coalition for Filipino Veterans, Inc. based in Arlington, VIrginia said when Almeda asked Clinton what the us is doing about Chinese intrusions into Philippine territorial sea, she replied, "we have a team in Manila working on it." When Almeda followed up with another question, asking if the US will support the Philippines despite not being a signatory to UNCLOS, Clinton responded, "absolutely!" Almeda was accompanied at Capitol Hill by Lachica and Dr.BambiLorica of the US Pinoys for Good Governance, which is participating in the June 3 Philippine Independence Day parade in New York to urge China to honor UNCLOS. She pointed out that the US is the only permanent member of the UN . Security Council not a party to it. "China, France, Russia, other countries, Germany, India, 161 countries have approved this treaty. We are the only industrialized country in the world that has not approved it," she said. . 'Advice and consent' "Let me take a few minutes and outline why I, too, believe that this . In asking the US Senate Foreign treaty is absolutely critical to US naRelations committee chair John Kerry tional security, why it is time to move to "please give advice and consent to forward on this important issue, and . this treaty (UNCLOS) before the end why the longer we delay, the more we of this year," Secretary Clinton said, undermine our own national security "The time has come for the United interests," she added. States to have a seat at the table, to Aside from Clinton, others who fully assert its role as a global leader, spoke in favor of the ratification of and accede to this important treaty." UNCLOS were National Defense SecClinton described UNCLOSas "the retary Leon Panetta and Army Gen.. bedrock legal instrument underpin- Martin Dempsey, chairman of the Joint rung public order across the maritime Chiefs of Staff. domain." Secretary Clinton said, "So far
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lJS report: Corruption remalns a problem for PNP
,By PIA LEE-BRAGO

The 138,825-member Philippine National Police (PNP) has deep-rooted institutional deficiencies and continues to suffer from a widely held and accurate public perception that corruption remains aproblem, according to the latest annual US State Department human rights report on the Philippines. The Country Reports on Human Rights Practices for 2011 released yesterday by the State Department and transmitted to the US Congress assessed each country's situation against universal human rights standards, during each calendar year, and each report stands on its own. ' The report said the PNP's Internal Affairs Service remained largely ineffective. "Members of the PNP were regularly accused of torture, solicitingbribes, and other illegal acts," although efforts continued "to reform and professionalize the institution through improved training, expanded community outreach, and pay raisesimplemented in June," the report said. On arbitrary arrest and detention, the law requires a judicial determination of probable cause before issuance of an arrest warrant and prohibits holding prisoners incommunicado or in secret places of detention. "However, in a'number of cases, police and the AFP (Armed Forces of the Phil- ' ippines) arrested and detained citizens arbitrarily," the report said. During the year, the Task Force Detainees of the Philippines (TFDP) documented 71 cases of illegal arrest and detention involving 97 victims. . The Commission on Human Rights (CHR) tracked 27 cases of arbitrary arrest involving 57 victims and 46 cases of illegal detention involving 72 victims. . The law requires a judicial determination of probable cause before issuance of an arrest warrant and prohibits holding prisoners incommunicado or in secret places of detention; however, in a number of cases, police and the AFP arrested and detained citizens

The report said civilian authorities generally maintained effective control over, the PNP and AFP, although the' government had insufficient mechanisms to investigate and punish abuse and corruption. "\ . From January to August, there were 238 administrative cases filed against 238 policemen! including administrative officials and officers, for various human tights violations. ,.. f>" . Of the cases filed, 54 ;W~Iie resolved/and '162,were undergoing summary proceedings as of August. , The PNP dismissed three individuals in connection with these cases. The AFP Human Rights Office, on the other hand, continued to monitor and-review alleged human rights abuse involving members of the military. During the year, the AFP Human Rights Office investigated 59 reported incidents of human fights violations involving 18 AFP personnel and 24 units. Of these incidents, 22 occurred during the year, including four concerning killings; five, torture / illegal detention/ illegal arrest; five, harassment/threatsl abuse of authority; and eight, child rights Violation! occupation of schools. Investigations conducted for human rights violations committed during the year resulted in four dishonorable discharges and 10personnel undergoing general court-martial proceedings or hearings with the Efficiency and Separation Board. During the year, the Office of the Ombudsman received 344 cases involving military and law enforcement officers allegedly committing human rights abuses; the cases included killings, injuries, arbitrary detention or unlawful arrest, and torture, and most were filed against low-ranking police and military officials': As of year's end all cases were under investigation.

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The police and military routinely provided human rights training to their members, augmented by training from theCHR In February, the AFP began to overhaul the education and training of soldiers as directed by its 2010 plan. The AFP also continued to adhere to 2005 Presidential Memorandum Order Number 259, which states that human rights- and international humanitarian law-related subjects must be incorporated in all AFP education and training courses and undertaken by all officers and enlisted personnel. Completion of these training courses is required for recruitment,entry, promotion, reassignment, designation, and foreign schooling. . The PNP maintained a network of 1,744 human rights desk officers at the national, regional, provincial, and municipal levels. The CRR continued to note that senior PNP officials appeared receptive to respecting the human rights of detainees, but rank-and-file awareness of detainee rights remained inadequate. Cooperation and coordination between police and prosecutors, however, remained limited, HUman rights groups and .the CHR continued to note little progress in imple-

:'~ese paramilitary units often received minimal training and were poorly monitored, tracked and r~gulate~, So:ne politicians and dan leaders; particul,arly m Mmd,anao, maintained their own private armies ax:d at times co-opted cva and CAFGU members m~o these armies," the report said, Human nghts NGOs linked state-backed militias . . and private armies withnumero·· h . ng ht s a buses.: mcluding the 2009us uman uses, . 'I' . maSSacre of 57 CIVl tans m Maguindanao.

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menting and enforcing reforms aimed at improving the effectiveness of investigations and prosecutions of suspected human-rights violations, such as the July 2010 Justice Department Memo Circular to guide: prosecutor-police cooperation in the investigation of ' political and media killings. .. The report said funding for the main government witness protection program managed by the Department of Justice remained inadequate, and the CHR did not receive funding for its separate witness protection program during the year. Potential witnesses were at times unable to obtain protection due to funding • constraints or procedural delays. Government-armed civilian militias supplemented the APP and PNP; the AFP held operational control of Citizens' Armed Force Geographical Units (CAFGU), while the Civilian Volunteer Organizations (evOs) fell under PNP command.

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By Dona Z. Pauibugan
IN AN UNEXPECTED move; officials of the National ROTC Alumni Association Inc, (Naraa) yesterday assured President Aquino of their support against attempts to destabilize his administration, The President was guest of honor during the 17th national convention of the Naraa, which claims to comprise 70 percent of the Armed Forces officers corps. . In its "manifesto of support" read by Naraa national chair retired Commodore Amado .Sanglay, the group pledged "to stand against any deliberate attempt to destabilize the national leadership that will

only redound to political instability, sociopolitical and economic decay, thus hampering the nation's sustained national development, growth and progress. Naraa, which also includes veterans, retirees and reservists, went on to "reject any and all forms of actions that will divide our people, tending to destroy the good image of the country and negatively affect the positive gains that the President has accomplished through honest and effective administration, " After the convention held in Camp Aguinaldo, the President had a dosed-door meeting with N araa officers at the APP Commissioned Officers' Club (AFPCOC).

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AS THE country's territorial dispute with China OVer the Scarborough Shoal in the West Philippine Sea entered its seventh week, Japan is set to send three of its naval ships on a five-day goodwill visit to Manila. The Philippine Navy announced Friday that three vessels from the Japanese Training Squadron of the Japanese Maritime Self-Defense Force will arrive in Manila Bay onMay28 .. The JS Kashima (TV-350B), JS Shirnayuki (1V-3513) and JS Matsuyuki (DDcI30) will be in the country until June 1 for a series of goodwill activities with the Philippine Navy and some government agencies. The squadron will be headed by Rear Admiral Hidetoshi Puchinoue, the Philippine Navy said.

Foreign Secretary Albert Del Rosario has said that Japan would likely provide the country with 10 40-meter patrol boats under its official development aid and two larger ones as grants. The Philippine Coast Guard also expects to acquire 10 brand-new patrol ships from Japan within the year. The goodwill visit comes amid the Philippjn~~ territorial dispute with China that started when two Chinese maritime ships . prevented a Philippine Navy ship from apprehending Chinese poachers last April! O. As of Tuesday this week, China has deployed five maritime ships, 16 fishing boats and 56 dinghies that apparently continued . to fish and gather endangered marine resources in the Panatag shoal despite China's ban.

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Japanese warships arriving in Phi for 4-day port call
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Japan is sending three naval training ships for a four-day port call to Manila next week after Japanese officials reportedly offered to provide the Philippines with 10 new patrol vessels to bolster the country's capability to defend our territorial waters. The ships IS Kashima (TV-350tj), IS Shimayuki (TV-3513), and IS Matsuyuki (DD-130) of the Japanese Maritime Self Defense Force (JMSDF) training squadron are expected to arrive in Manila. The visit of the Japanese vessels comes just days after the port call of the United States nuclear-powered submarine USS North Carolina and two Indian warships INS Rana and INS Shakti in Subic, Zambales last week Defense officials described all these recent visits of foreign warships as routine and is not connected to the ongoing stand-off in Panatag (Scarborough) Shoal between the Philippines and China. CoL Omar Tonsay, Navy spokesman, said that a Philippine Navy ship BRP Apolinario Mabini would welcome the three JMSDF training ships under the overall command ofRear Admiral Hidetoshi Fuchinoue when the ships arrive near Corregidor Island on May 28. The IS Kashima has a standard displacement of 4,050 gross tons, has a length of 143 meters and bean of 18 meter, draft of seven meters and an armament of 76mm main gun and two tirple torpedo tubes and a complement of 360 personnel. The IS Shimayuki has a displacement of 3,050 gross tons, length of 130 meters, beam of 13.6 meters and draft of 8.5 meters and is armed with' a 76mrn main gun, two 20mmm close-in weapon systems, one surface-to-surface missile tube, one surface-to-arm missile system, an anti-submarine launcher and two triple torpedo tubes and has a 200man complement. The IS Matsuyuki has the same dimensions, crew and armament of her . sister ship IS Matsuyuki.

Japanese sailors and Philippine navy personnel would conduct goodwill activities until May 31. "The visit will further strengthen existing friendly relations between the two navies through a series of scheduled events aimed at enhancing understanding and cooperation," Tonsay said. , The Japanese government has announced that it is supplying 10 40-footer patrol vessels along with two one-ton ships to the Philippines under a loan to help strengthen the country's maritime patrols. The Japanese might turn over to the Philippine Coast Guard (PCG) 'the new vessels before the end ofthe year. The PCG had deployed only one patrol ship at Panatag Shoal as against the five Chinese maritime and Fishery Law Enforcement Command (FLEC) vessels in the area. _ An editorial of the Japanese newspaper Yomiuri Shimbun said Japan could not just stand by and watch China/songoing military build-up in South. China Sea (West Philippine Sea) while expressing fears of a direct confrontation between Beijing and the Philippines in the wake of the tense stand-off in Panatag Shoal. "Japan cannot afford to ignore the Scarborough Shoal dispute, as the nation faces similar friction with ,China, which claims sovereignty over the Senkaku Islands," the Yomiuri Shimbun said. "Peace and stability in the South China Sea is not only crucial for nations in Southeast Asia. It also is in Japan's national interest to ensure that its sealanes remain safe." Yomiuri Shimbun said the Japanese government plans to use official development assistance to provide the Philippines with patrol vessels for its coast guard will help the country strengthen its maritime security, and also be important in making China pause to think.

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P.A.F. MISSION
In line with the Philippine Air Force's (PAF) upcoming Founding Anniversary celebrations, a medical and dental mission will be Conducted at the'Sapa Tres covered court in Rosario, Cavite, on May 26, in partnership with the Philippine Navy, the Cavtte Governor's office and the Mayor's office of Rosario.Air Force spokesperson Col. Miguel Okol disclosed that five doctors from the University of Perpetual Help Hospital, two dentists from 1302nd PN Dental Division, . NBC, five doctors and three den;tists from the Rosario Municipal !Health Office, five doctors from the Provincial Health Office, five doctors from the Cavite Medica! Society, three doctors from Philippine Air Force General Hospltat and six doctors from Major Danlto Atienza Air Base Hospital wiU join the said medical and dental mission. (Anjo Perez) I

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PAF fielding track aces
THE PHILIPPINE Air Force isfietding a strong athletics team in the· ongoing Phitippine National Games track and field cham pionship in Dumaguete City. Spearheaded by long-distance aces Eduardo Buenavista and Arniel Ferrera, the PAFteam has joined forces with HyperSports Philippines sports management group headed by Vicente Sy in its bid to win the men's Open championship. The team also boasts of such names as Southeast Asian Games and National·Open medalists Ano, Oelicano, Lasangue, Margallo, Mas, Nieras, Perater, Sermona, Oberes, Marayag and Oblena, The contingent, which also draws from the talents in the UAAP and NCAA champions Herrida, Pldo, Bil1ones, Maulas, and Unso, will be further reinforced by colleg.iate track stars Macalinao and Ejercito; together-with Filipino-Australian sprinter Andrew Pirie. . Mick Perez and Ralph Soguilon manage the team, which also enjoys the support of Ayala Land Inc. and Rep. Jocelyn Sy-Limkaichong of the first district of Negros Oriental. . The coaches accompanying the contingent are Bernard Buen, Randy Maluto, Ernie Candelario, Ojundi Binas and Sam Goldberg.

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Pulis pinatay ng mga NPA sa Misamis Oriental
CAGAYAN DE ORO CITY - Patuloy na inaalarn ni S/Supt Graciano Mejares ng Misamis Oriental Provincial Police Office kung kagagawan ba ng mga rebeldeng New People's Army (NPA) ang pagpatay ng isang pulis sa Brgy Umagos, Lagonglong, Misamis Oriental kahapon ng hapon. Kinilala ang biktirna na si P01 AI Tinampay na isa umanong Lagonglong Police Station sa nasa bing lalawigan. intelligence operative ng

Ayon kay Mejares, tatlong armadonq kalalakihan ang bumaril kay Tinampay na nagresulta sa kanyang pagkasawL Matapos sa nasabing pamamaril, mabilis umanong tumakas ang mga suspek kung saan missing din ang service firearm ng biktima na isang 9mm pistol. Kaugnay nito, lsinailallm lalawigan. ngayon sa full alert status ang buong puwersa ng pulisya sa

Ang hakbangin ay matapos binaril patay sl Tinampay ng pinaghinalaang mga NPA sa lugar. Ipinag-utos din ni Col Mejares ang kanyang mga tauhan na hindi basta-basta na lamang pumunta sa isang lugar na wala silang mga importanteng pakay at hindi sigurado sa kanilang siguridad. Hinigpitan na rin ng pulisya ang kanilang checkpoints maul it ang nasabing krirnen, sa lahat ng bayan upang hindi na

Samantala, pinaniwalaan din ng 4th ID,Philippine Army na kagagawan talaga ng sparrow unit ng NPA ang bumaril patay sa nasabing pulls. Ayon kay 4th 10 spokesman Maj Eugene Osias na batay ito sa kanilang natanggap na report mula sa 58th IB,Philippine Army na naka-detail sa lugar.Subalit inihayag ni Maj Osia na patuloy pa nilang kinompirma ang nasa bing pangyayari. Tumulong na rin sa pulisya ang 58th IB sa pagtugis ng mga suspek na agad tumakas matapos ang nasabing pamamariL

Brand new helicopter ng PAF, tutulong na rin re: Bataan plane crash
Kung tumigil na ang Philippine Coast Guard (PCG), hindi naman susuko ang militar sa search and retrieval operation para sa dalawang nawawalang piloto ng Philippine Air Force (PAF) at ang kinalulunan nilang trainer plane na bumagsak sa Bataan. Ayon kay Philippine Air Force (PAF) spokesman Col. Miguel Okot, isang joint search team ang binuo mula sa Air Force at Philippine Navy kasama rito ang kanilang mga civilian partners na silang magpapatuloy sa pagsuyod sa sea bed na malapit sa Corregidor island. Dagdag pa ni Okol, naka-standby na rln ang biniling brand new na Sokol helicopters ng PAF para sa posibleng deployment sa nagpapatuloy na seach and retrieval operations.

Idineploy na rin ng Philippine Navy sa may bisinidad ng Mariveles, Bataan ang Patrol Gun boat 847 at ang 11- meter Rigid Hull inflatable boat na may side scan sonar kasama ang mga miyembro ng Naval Special Operation Group divers. Layon nito na makakuha ng mas malinaw na larawan sa nasabing seabed at underwater environs sa mga dive sites. ltinalaga rin sa lugar ang isang undersea remore operated vehicle.

Blast hits provincial prosecutor in Zamboanga By Roel Pareno ZAMBOANGA CITY, Phillppines - A bomb exploded inside the compound of a provincial prosecutor's house Thursday night in (pil town, Zamboanga Sibugay province. Senior Superintendent Ruben Cariaga, Zamboanga Sibugay provincial police director, said the latest explosion hit the residential compound of Jeric Salarde Cagaoan, provincial prosecutor of Zamboanga Sibugay. Cariaga said no one was reported hurt from the explosion that took place at around 7:40 p.m. Thursday. . Explosive ordnance and disposal (EOO) unit from the Philippine Army's 102nd Infantry Brigade said that the improvised bomb was triggered inside the perimeter fence of the house of Cagaoan. Police have yet to determine the motive of the attack. Investigators could not immediately say if Cagaoan was the direct target of the attack. Cariaga, meanwhile, said that additional members of his immediate family. security has been assigned to Cagaoan and

The explosion was the third to rock the province this week. Police intensified security in the province after an improvised explosive device went off on Monday near the house of businessman Dondon Castillo in Barangay Poblacion, Titay town. No one was hurt in the attack. Unidentified suspect, meanwhile, lobbed a fragmentation grenade at a crowded town plaza of Imelda at 2 a.rn. on Wednesday. One person was killed in the blast and five more were wounded. Registetered nurse opts to join Army MANILA, Philippines - A registered nurse who opted to join the noble profession of arms, instead of seeking greener pastures abroad, topped this year's Army training course for candidate soldiers in Western Visayas.

Now on active military duty with the rank of a private, registered nurse Marc Herni Fermin was among the 96 latest graduates of the 3rd Army Infantry Division Jungle Warfare Mountain Operation Course (JWMOC). For topping the six-month Army's JWMOC in academic and non-academics, Fermin of Barangay Look, Calatrava, Negros Occidental, was awarded the division commander's medal by Maj. Gen. Jose Mabanta, 3rd Infantry Division during their recent graduation held at the division headquarters at Camp Peralta in Jamindan, Capiz. "As the army continues to actively participate in the nation building, let us focus on our primary objective as the protector of the people and the state. We should continue to improve on our capabilities to best address the challenges that come across our peace building efforts," Mabanta told the newly-enlisted soldiers. He also reminded the soldiers who would be deployed for development and security duties to be people centered and must always ensure adherence to human rights, the international humanitarian law and the rule of law, in all their undertakings as a soldier. As a registered nurse, Fermin has several opportunities to join millions of Overseas Filipino Workers (OWF) but opted to stay to join the Army, 3rd Infantry Division spokesman, Maj. Enrico Gilileto said. . Aside from Fermin, among this year's newly enlisted soldiers after finishing the rigorous sixmonth cross training jungle warfare mounting operation course are criminology graduate Benjie Artuz of Capiz, who was awarded with the division's chief of staff award; Kenneth Edmun Hilongos of Purok Datu Kaka, Cotabato City, a computer science graduate awarded with the division commandant's medal and Johnry Bryan Villafuerte of Barangay Managupaya, Banate. tloiol who received the Physical Proficiency Award for obtaining the highest rating in physical fitness test throughout the duration of the training. - Jaime Laude